Louth County Libraries in Drogheda and Ardee will introduced sensory spaces into their premises, as part of new €52,000 investment in libraries in the county by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Louth County Council.
The local authority are providing 25% match funding for the project, which also include the purchase of Tovertafel projectors for Dundalk and Ardee libraries and the installation of Hublets in Drogheda library, on Stockwell Street.
Speaking today, Fergus O’Dowd TD said the funding for the project is aimed at ensuring public libraries can facilitate the needs of “individuals with sensory impairments, special educational needs and other learning differences, and those on the Autism spectrum.
“The aim of this funding is to improve the library experience and services for parents, guardians and carers of children, teens and adults with sensory impairments, additional needs and learning differences,” he said.
A Tovertafel projector is a care innovation that encourages adults and children with a intellectual disability to take part in physical activity and social interaction. The console offers challenging games that can be played either independently or with supervision.
The console itself contains a high-quality projector, infrared sensors, speaker, and processor that work together to project the games onto a table. The colourful objects projected respond to hand and arm movements, meaning users get to play with the light itself.
Hublets are tablets available for shared use. These can be loaned out to library users for use within the library itself, allowing members to access digital newspapers and magazines, e-books and other electronic materials made available by Louth County Libraries.
Hublets are popular in libraries, schools and hotels around the world. They are accessible, self-service, using your library card and pin number.
The funding announcement comes in the wake of National Library open day which was held nationwide last Saturday (February 29) and included a series of events for adults and children in all libraries around Louth.